Mind, Meaning and Mental Disorder: The Nature of Causal Explanation in Psychology and Psychiatry

Hardcover | April 23, 2004

byDerek Bolton, Jonathan Hill

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Philosophical ideas about the mind, brain, and behaviour can seem theoretical and unimportant when placed alongside the urgent questions of mental distress and disorder. However, there is a need to give direction to attempts to answer these questions. On the one hand a substantial researcheffort is going into the investigation of brain processes and the development of drug treatments for psychiatric disorders, and on the other, a wide range of psychotherapies is becoming available to adults and children with mental health problems. These two strands reflect traditional distinctionsbetween mind and body, and causal as opposed to meaningful explanations of behaviour. In this book, which has been written for psychiatrists, psychologists, philosophers, and others in related fields, the authors propose a radical re-interpretation of these traditional distinctions. Throughout thediscussions philosophical theories are brought to bear on the particular questions of the explanation of behaviours, the nature of mental causation, and eventually the origins of major disorders including depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and personality disorder. First published in 1996, this volume played an important role in bridging the gap between philosophy and psychiatry, and introducing those in psychiatry to philosophical ideas somewhat neglected in their field. Completely updated, the new edition of this acclaimed volume draws on the strengths ofthe first edition, and will be a central text in the burgeoning field of philosophy of psychiatry.

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Philosophical ideas about the mind, brain, and behaviour can seem theoretical and unimportant when placed alongside the urgent questions of mental distress and disorder. However, there is a need to give direction to attempts to answer these questions. On the one hand a substantial researcheffort is going into the investigation of bra...

Derek Bolton is in the Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, London. Jonathan Hill is with the Child Mental Health Unit, Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital, Liverpool.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:430 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.92 inPublished:April 23, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019851560X

ISBN - 13:9780198515609

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Table of Contents

Introduction and synopsis1. Mind, meaning and the explanation of action2. Mind, meaning and neural causation3. Relativity4. Functional semantics5. Two forms of causality in biological and psychological processes6. Intentional causality, neurobiology and development7. Psychiatric disorder and its explanation8. Intentionality in disorder9. Psychiatric conditions

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`This important book deserves a place in the medical libraries, in the departments of psychiatry, and in the personal collections of serious psychiatrists.'Child Psychology